Driving to intimidate is a crime in the state of Connecticut. Sometimes, this crime occurs due to a lapse in judgement. You might realize that you are driving too close to another car. But, sometimes driving too closely to another car happens because you are trying to intimidate another driver. In these situations, such driving can turn dangerous. Learn more about this crime and what to do if you are charged with it here.
Driving to Intimidate
Driving too closely to the car in front of you, which is also known as driving to intimidate, might not seem like a big deal. Sometimes you might be in a rush. Sometimes, you don’t even realize that you are driving too closely to the car in front of you. You probably see people do it every day. However, driving to intimidate is a crime in the state of Connecticut. Driving too closely can cause:
- Motor vehicle accidents, which are always the fault of the person following too closely.
- Road rage, which can have serious consequences if it goes unchecked, such as altercations and even assault between drivers.
- Aggressive driving.
If you are charged with this crime, it means that you were following another car too closely. There should be a minimum of a three second count between your car and the car in front of you, or you can be charged with driving to intimidate. This violation will result in a 30-day suspension of your license and/or a fine of $100-300.
For a second or third offense, you face a year-long license suspension and a fine of $600. Avoiding driving to intimidate along with these consequences altogether is in your best interest.
You want to avoid the penalties mentioned above if possible. However, it can be difficult to prove innocence in such a case, since it is usually your word against a police officer’s or another driver’s. But, this doesn’t mean that a defense is impossible! Contact our office to learn more about how you can avoid a conviction for this offense.